Alkynes and Alkenes
Name: Donnie T.
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2002
Why are alkynes generally considered to be less reactive
I am not sure that this generalization is "general". For example
ethyne(acetylene) is more reactive with respect to oxygen than is
ethene(ethylene). I think that this reactivity difference is attributed to
the fact that a carbon-carbon triple bond is stronger than a carbon-carbon
double bond -- 812 and 615 k joule/mol, respectively.
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